City Manager's Report June 4, 2021

The New Birch Hills Golf Course Cart Bridge

New cart bridge installed at Birch Hills Golf Course

In 2015, the Birch Hills Golf Course old golf cart bridge was taken out of service due to its poor condition. In an effort to enhance the golf course experience, a bridge replacement project was added to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for Fiscal Year 20-21 so that golf course holes could be rerouted to introduce a more challenging play experience at the beginning of a golf course round.

The replacement of the cart bridge is now complete. In October 2020, a 60 feet long, by 13 feet wide prefabricated steel bridge was purchased from a company in Montana. Demolition of the old bridge began on May 3 and included modifications to the abutments. The new bridge was then installed on May 21 with the pouring of the concrete bridge surface and approaches following shortly thereafter. A new 275-foot cart path was installed from the north side of the bridge to the new #7 hole as part of the course rerouting.

Outreach was made to golfers on multiple platforms prior to the start of the project and has continued with the pending rerouting. The course operator will be installing new tee signs for the new holes to be unveiled Monday, June 14, when the new layout will be implemented. This project was a multi-department effort including involvement from Public Works, Community Services, Administrative Services, Community Development, and the Communications & Marketing Division, who all did a great job carrying out the plan.

Brea Senior Center Leadership Council Members Recognized During Older Americans Month

In recognition of Older Americans Month every May, the Brea City Council recognized members of the Brea Senior Center Leadership Council for their engagement in and contributions to the community. This year’s theme was Communities of Strength, which recognized the important role older adults play in fostering the connection and engagement that builds strong, resilient communities. In Brea, older adults are a key source of community strength. This past year, friends, neighbors, and businesses found new ways to support one another. Through their experiences, successes, and difficulties, they have built resilience that helps them face new challenges. When communities tap into this, they become stronger as well.

Fire Station 1 Seismic and Facility Upgrades

The Public Works Department, working closely with the Fire Department, has started a project to upgrade Fire Station 1 to current seismic standards and remodel the north side of the building. Work is currently underway to abate any remaining asbestos from the ceiling and wall plaster and is expected to be completed by end of next month. All abatement is being done by a fully trained and certified contractor to assure all safety levels and standards. After abatement, when the north side of the station is reduced to bare studs, the remodel will include an electrical system upgrade, restroom demolition and rebuild to include a women’s facility, new flooring, drywall, paint, doors, LED lighting, and an upgrade to the computer data system.

The final phase of the project includes adding footings and sheer walls (to improve lateral resistance during an earthquake) on the exterior of the building, as well as replacing the roof system. This phase of the project will go out to bid in July. The project is anticipated to commence by the end of September and be completed by November, 2021.

Made in California is Now Open to the Public

On April 24, the Brea Gallery officially re-opened to the public with the 36th Annual Made in California Juried Exhibition. Featuring 89 artists from around the State, this exhibition showcases 111 individual art pieces in a variety of mediums including, but not limited to, sculpture, neon, ceramics, photography, installation art, fiber art, and much more. All art pieces were selected by Gallery staff from over 2,300 entries.

Though new restrictions from the State allow for museums and galleries to be open to the public, the Brea Gallery is continuing several online programs. These programs include a 3D-rendered, click-thru tour on ArtSteps; images and video of the exhibit on the Gallery’s blog and social media; artist Instagram Takeover weekends; and Instagram live curator tours with Gallery Director Heather Bowling.

Each year, Made in California features a Solo Show for one artist as an opportunity to present a body of their artwork. This year, from 157 submissions, La Mirada artist Jaana Baker was selected to show her series Poppies and Sampaguitas. At the beginning of May, the Los Angeles Times wrote a fantastic feature about Jaana’s work and the corresponding Made in California Exhibit.

See the exhibit on display (in person or online) through June 18.

Senior Fitness and Insurance-Based Memberships

Since re-opening on May 3 after the pandemic shutdown, the Brea Fitness Center team has had the opportunity to welcome new and returning patrons. Many of these participants make up the active aging community, who utilize insurance-based benefits such as SilverSneakers, Silver & Fit, and Adult Renew to acquire a fitness membership. In the opening month, 269 insurance-based members enrolled at the Brea Fitness Center. Many of the participants visit multiple times per week, trying different classes or using the cardio/weight room. With the contract agreement between insurance companies and Brea, the fitness center is paid three to five dollars per member visit.

The past year provided opportunities to improve the Center’s best practices, internal processes, and atmosphere to ensure the Brea Fitness Center is providing a quality environment for all. Specifically, the fitness center check-in process was streamlined for insurance-based members, making it easier to sign up, check in, and experience a workout class. This allowed the fitness team to showcase the new layout of the fitness center, building improvements, and safety protocols.

These amazing programs allow active adults the opportunity to experience a class tailored to their functionality. The gymnasium currently houses SilverSneakers and Low Impact classes, which average 20 to 30 members every Monday and Wednesday morning. Despite all the regulations to keep safe, participants are excited and thankful to be back at the Brea Fitness Center. The fitness team continues to navigate through 2021 and Make Fit Happen.